Warning Shots Fired After Iranian Vessels Swarm American Missile Submarine In Strait Of Hormuz

War Zone – Iranian boats have now harassed American warships in and around the Persian Gulf on three separate occasions in just over a month.

Navy Patrol Craft Fired Warning Shots At Harassing Iranian Boats In the Persian Gulf

War Zone – The incident took place yesterday and is the second instance of Iranian boats harassing American military vessels in less than a month.

Iran’s Used Its Wacky Catamaran To Cut Off U.S. Coast Guard Ships In The Persian Gulf

War Zone – One of Iran’s oddest ships was used to torment U.S. Coast Guard crews operating in the Persian Gulf.

Iran’s New Missile Corvette Could Reshape IRGC Naval Doctrine

USNI News – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGC-N) is building a new class of warships, as first reported in Naval News last week based on satellite imagery. The catamaran design appears relatively large, modern and capable compared to existing IRGC commercial-based designs. The sectarian arm of the Iranian military’s move to more substantial warships may be part of a wider effort by the IRGC-N to gain conventional naval capabilities more in line with the regular IRIN (Islamic Republic of Iran Navy).

Mysterious Ship In Iranian Shipyard Is Likely IRGC’s New Flagship

Naval News – We believe that Iran’s IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard) will unveil a new ship soon. The 64m (210 ft) long catamaran is believed to be a low-observable missile corvette. It is much larger and heavier armed than the IRIS Shahid Nazeri, a related ship already in IRGC service.

The 100,000 Ton US Navy Ship That Iran Is Copying

Naval News – The US Navy’s gigantic Expeditionary Mobile Base (ESB) ships are among the largest naval vessels afloat. They are part of America’s unrivalled global reach, but they are no longer unique. Iran is testing a similar Forward Base Ship which is comparable in size.

Iran, Russia reportedly launch military drill in Indian Ocean

Defense News – The Iranian and Russian militaries have kicked off a joint naval drill in the Indian Ocean aimed at boosting security of maritime trade in the region.

Iran’s Best Submarines Have Been Out of the Water for a Month

USNI News – While the Iranian naval forces have been clashing with U.S. forces in the Middles East in the last several weeks, its most capable submarines have been out of action.

Iran’s Missiles Landing Within 100 Miles Of A U.S. Carrier Is Provocative But Not Much Else

War Zone – Iran sent ballistic missiles 1,000 miles out into the Indian Ocean, but it doesn’t mean they have a long-range anti-ship ballistic missile capability.

Iran Commissions Its Massive Oil Tanker Turned Sea Base Into Service

War Zone – Iran’s Navy has formally commissioned the Markran, a former oil tanker it says has been transformed into a “forward base ship.” This vessel could provide a platform for more persistent maritime operations in and outside of the country’s own littoral areas. 

Spate of Attacks on Ships In Middle East Points to Iran-Backed Group

USNI News – The Middle East remains a volatile area for merchant shipping into the new year, according to the analysis of attacks on ships in the region.

Oil Tanker In Red Sea Struck In Mine Attack With Similarities To Past Iranian Strikes

War Zone – The ship was damaged above the waterline, which might indicate the use of a limpet mine, which Iran and its proxies have used in past tanker attacks.

Iran plans to deliver new surveillance warship Shiraz to Iranian Navy

Navy Recognition –  Iran plans to deliver a new surveillance warship “Shiraz” to the Iranian Navy. This new vessel has special features and would join Iran’s Navy fleet next Iranian calendar year.

(Thanks to Alain)

Iran Unveils Its New Sea Base Warship That Looks Like A Floating Arms Bazaar

War Zone – Packing drones, boats, missiles, and a helicopter, it is Iran’s somewhat questionable take on American expeditionary sea bases.

Iran Inducts New Special Operations Ship

USNI News – Emblazoned with the pennant number “1” in on its superstructure, Shahid Roudaki joined the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) as its latest and most visible warship during a ceremony held in Bandar Abbas on the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday.

Iranian Spy Ship Commands Strategic Position on Vital Oil Route

USNI News – Officially Saviz is a merchant ship, but it is most likely a covert Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forward base. Several open-source reports over the last several years and officials with Saudi Arabia have accused the ship of being operated by the IRGC.

Iranian Forces Briefly Seize Tanker in Gulf of Oman

USNI News – An Iranian special forces team boarded and seized a Liberian tanker off the coast of the United Arab Emirates for about five hours on Wednesday. The action by Iranian forces drew swift condemnation from the U.S.-led collation created to deter harassment of merchant ships in and out of the Persian Gulf.

Amid tensions with US, Iran builds fake aircraft carrier to attack

Navy Times – As tensions remain high between Iran and the U.S., the Islamic Republic appears to have constructed a new mock-up of an aircraft carrier off its southern coast for potential live-fire drills.

US Navy issues new distance guidelines for vessels after close encounters with Iranian ships

Navy Times – The U.S. Navy warned Tuesday it will take “lawful defensive measures” against vessels in the Mideast that come within 100 meters (yards) of its warships, offering specific guidelines after a recent close encounter with Iranian vessels in the Persian Gulf.